Georgia fans are sure to remember the name Cordy Glenn, the former UGA offensive tackle who was responsible for protecting Aaron Murray in 2010 and 2011. Now, Glenn is entering his fifth year in the NFL, and after four years in the league, he has been just as impactful for the Buffalo Bills as he had been for UGA during his four years in Athens.
Similar to most Georgia players who played alongside Glenn, his favorite memory while playing at UGA came in 2011, when Georgia defeated Florida 24-20 in his senior season. Murray was protected well and Glenn and Co. helped pave the way for freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell to rush for 81 yards. During his time with UGA, Glenn helped lead the Bulldogs to two bowl victories against Michigan State and Texas A&M.
Since entering the NFL, Glenn has helped lead the Bills to back-to-back seasons without a losing record for the first time since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Being an offensive lineman, Glenn’s job is to protect the quarterback and he’s done just that while putting his name in the team record book. To begin his career, he became the first Bills rookie to start at left tackle in a season opener since 1990. During the first two weeks of his rookie season, Glenn and the rest of the offensive line held opponents to zero sacks, which was only the second time the team has accomplished that feat in franchise history. As a rookie, he made 13 starts and helped block for the Bills running backs as they finished the season with the second most rushing yards a game in the AFC.
After missing three starts as a rookie, Glenn has yet to miss another start. In his second year, he blocked for running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller as they both ran for 800+ yards, something that had only been accomplished once before in franchise history.
Last season was arguably Glenn’s best since entering the league, allowing only two sacks. In return for his hard work, the Bills offered Glenn a five-year contract extension worth $65 million, making him the second highest paid tackle in the NFL.
While football and staying healthy is at the forefront of Glenn’s mind, he is also looking to add some extra-curricular activities to his resume, in the form of setting up his own charity. “Right now the big thing for me is just playing football and focusing on football,” Glenn said. But giving back is something that has always been important to Glenn. Glenn has not had much time to sit down and really brainstorm ideas for his charity, but his goal is to set up a program that can give back to thousands of less-fortunate families. In regards to when he plans on starting this charity, “It could be when I’m playing or after, haven’t made a decision yet.”
Giving back seems to be something most UGA players value. Just a few weeks ago he was attending a charity event at a football camp and ran into his former teammate Brandon Boykin. And similar to Glenn, Orson Charles also plans on giving back by building student housing for families going through financial struggles.